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Christina Grimmie will be missed by many

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Christina Grimmie’s life was taken at an autograph signing in Orlando this weekend.

Behind the issues of gun violence, social justice and controversy, the world lost more than just a victim on June 11; it lost a hero.

In Orlando, Florida, Christina Grimmie, singer and former “The Voice” contestant was shot three times by a 27-year-old man who attended a meet and greet with fans after a show.

Grimmie, who was only 22, opened for a band called Before You Exit right before she was fatally shot by Kevin James Loibl.

According to USA Today, the shooter “shot and killed himself after he was tackled by Grimmie’s brother, Marcus” before dying a few hours later from the harsh injuries. Fans waiting in line gave statements to various news outlets, but all could say that no one suspected a killer in their midst.

Throughout the chaos and grief, it is easy to forget that Christina wasn’t just a victim of a tragedy. 

She was a rarity. 

She was the unique face behind many Youtube videos and a talented singer that inspired thousands around her. She strived to embrace her individuality and could brighten up anyone’s day, not to mention a whole stage with a single smile that captured the heart of millions. 

Marcus Grimmie honored Christina in a Facebook post that said she was “A superstar. A goofball. Introverted. And a friend to everyone. Genuinely. But above all…she was my baby sister. She loved the Lord and her family and was always there for me, and I honestly don’t know what I’ll do without her.”

For her fans everywhere, it is hard to believe she is gone. She wasn’t just a victim, she was a person-a girl who inspired people too numerous to count, but was cut off from the world by one.

One quote from Christina that I’ll always remember is: “Be stupid, be dumb, be funny, if that’s who you are. Don’t try to be someone that society wants you to be, that’s stupid. So be yourself.”

Christina always taught people around her to show their true colors, to be themselves and not care about what anyone may think. And while the world is rightfully full of the need to seek justice, it is easy to forget the unique and extraordinary person that Christina was. 

So remember her not as just a victim from a hate crime, but as the crazy, unique, kind and talented person that she was. She was someone who went above and beyond the expectations of society and someone who never failed to be herself in a world that tells you who you should be.

She was a true hero, and she will be missed.

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